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Geography (B.A.)

The Bachelor of Arts is a good choice for students interested in broad geography training that will lead to careers in areas such as international affairs and trade, planning, or education. The BA also makes sense for students who want greater flexibility to customize their geography curriculum with their other interests and career plans.


The guiding principles of the BA curriculum are breadth and flexibility. After completing the 25-credit core curriculum, students will take at least one upper-level course in each of the following subfields: Human Geography, Physical Geography, Regional Geography, Resource Geography, and Techniques. Beyond these minimums, students then may choose other electives in Geography (or, with approval, courses from other departments) in areas of interest to get to the 65-credit minimum for the degree.

To learn more about the specific requirements for this degree, see the guidelines under Checklists on the Geography Forms page. For course descriptions, please refer to the current course catalog.


Students who have completed the BA at CWU have gone on to a wide variety of successful careers from avalanche forecaster to mapping technician to Foreign Service officer. Geography graduates with BAs from CWU work for such leading firms as Google; others own their own companies; and still others work for agencies like the Grant County Public Utilities Department and the Washington State Department of Transportation.


For further information, contact Dr. Michael Pease, Chair, Department of Geography; (509-963-1130);


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